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It’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! Which is super exciting if you like to wear green, drink Guinness or pretend you have some Irish heritage. But even if you’re not Irish or a fan of green, there’s still lots to do this weekend. And it looks like this weekend will finally be the first of 2017 that is 100% snow free! Or at least we hope it will be!
From concerts and comedy shows to dance competitions and festivals, here are 11 things to do in Vancouver this weekend:
Rock out to the Red Hot Chili Peppers
This Saturday, March 18th, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be taking over Rogers Arena. The Chili Peppers have been rocking for over 30 years and there’s no slowing them down anytime soon. Get your tickets here.
Laugh with Brian Aylward’s Big Little BC Comedy Tour
Just because the JFL NorthWest festival is over, doesn’t mean the laughs have to end. Join Brian Aylward and special guests for his Big Little BC Comedy Tour on March 18th at Pat’s Pub and Brewhouse. Brian won Best Stand Up Comic 2016 at the Canadian Comedy Awards so be prepared for some seriously good comedy.
Get your shamrocks ready for St. Patrick’s Day
Did we mention that this weekend is St. Patrick’s Day weekend? In case all the green clad leprechauns have escaped you, here is a round up of some festive events happening around town to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.
Vancouver Theatre Sports League will be celebrating with their improv show, Shamrock and Shenanigans, on Friday night featuring a Celtic poet and Irish themed hilarity. After the show, head to Vancouver’s most famous Irish bar, The Blarney Stone, for their St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The Festival will Irish dancers, stilt walkers, live music, a DJ and a whole lot of Guinness-fueled fun.
6 days until St Patrick's Day🎉🍻🎉🍻 Our week long Festival kicks off TOMORROW with Family Day St Patrick's Festival 11am-4pm with Face Painter, Stilts Walker, Irish Dancers, Irish Brunch, and Boozey Brunch Specials 🙂 Best part – FREE to attend! See you tomorrow morning to kick off the week in green #BlarneyMeGuinness #FamilyDayFestival
If you want to really earn your celebratory green beer, take part in the St. Patrick’s Day 5K on March 18th where participants are told to come for the race but stay for the party. Or if you’d rather someone else do the running, celebrate with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Before their game on Saturday, the team will be honouring the holiday with live Irish music outside BC Place.
Lastly, Vancouver’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been cancelled this year due to weather concerns and low sponsorship. But don’t fret! The parade has been replaced with a 2 day Celtic Village at Robson Square on Friday and Saturday. The Celtic Village will feature live music, traditional dancers, shopping and Irish food.
Cheer for your favourite at the Soulgood Best Dance Crew Competition
Head to Venue on March 17th to cheer on the best local dance crews in the first ever Soulgood Best Dance Crew Competition. The winning crews from each battle will face off in the finale on April 21st for a $2500 grand prize. But they need your cheers to get them there! And did we mention there will be $4 high balls on sale?
Be inspired by Program 2
For some more dancing, check out Ballet BC’s Program 2 from March 16-18th. Program 2 is a collaboration of four unique contemporary dance voices to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. For tickets to their shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, click here.
Interview || “What a magnificent canvas the stage is that allows us a window into our world, a place to tell stories, a possibility to build communities.” –Emily Molnar As a creation-based company we believe in collaboration, about building new works and giving it life. Read what artistic director Emily Molnar has to say about the four Program 2 choreographers and their unique voices >> bit.ly/emilymwe March 16, 17, 18 Be sure to book your tickets at balletbc.com! Ballet BC Dancers Nicole Ward and Justin Rapaport. Photo by @MichaelSlobodian.
Sing along with Daya
Pop songstress Daya will be performing at the Rio Theatre on March 17th. Daya, at only 17 years old, is already blowing up the charts with her songs, “Sit Still, Look Pretty” and “Hide Away.” She’s also featured on The Chainsmokers hit “Don’t Let Me Down.” Tickets to her show are available here.
Get techy at the Vancouver Web Fest
This weekend Performance Works is hosting Vancouver Web Fest 2017 where industry experts and web series creators will come together to celebrate the best in the rising medium of internet created programming. The festival will include workshops, screenings, panels, parties and complimentary massages!
Now that’s a jam packed weekend! What are you getting up to?